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In the Closet in Early America

Yesterday we posted this fascinating story about the discovery of four graves of some of the top leaders of the Jamestown settlement - the first major and permanent English settlement in North America and the origin point of the Virginia colony and later State of Virginia. But as many have already noted, the issue of real historical, as opposed to antiquarian, significance is the discovery of a small Catholic reliquary in the grave of Captain Gabriel Archer, one of the leaders of the early settlement and a rival of the far better known Captain John Smith, who is often credited with saving the colony in its bleak first years and - less known - was later a key explorer of what became New England.

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Democratic congressman from Philadelphia indicted on federal corruption charges.


Jon Stewart was stunned into silence by Huckabee's repulsive "ovens" comment. Watch.

Outrage is a cheap thing. But sharks like Huckabee make the Holocaust into a sound bite and treat Jews like some sort of yahwistic lawn jockeys, mascots, and museum pieces for hard-right faux Christianity.

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